You can get better, and our professional team is here for you.
You can get better, and our professional team is here for you.
Dr. Jordan Crane is the Medical Consultant for Victoria Wellness. He graduated from the University College in Dublin, Ireland in 2008. Dr. Crane has a keen interest in mental health and a dedication to helping his patients. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who has a warm person centred approach.
Andrea has been in clinical practice for over 20 years. Initially completing an undergraduate program in Sociology and Psychology, she then completed a Master’s of Social work degree at the University of Toronto specializing in trauma. She has successfully treated victims of PTSD, interpersonal violence, anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship challenges within a clinical setting.
Andrea is a trained EMDR therapist who is passionate about this modality and has supported clients to achieve great results in addressing their trauma/addiction challenges.
Joe Ann Kortman has a keen interest in mental health and helping those around her. She started her career as a Secondary School Teacher and taught in Australia, England, South Africa and finally her home country, Canada. She then expanded her career working for the local government in her home town. After experiencing PTSD, she focused her career goals on giving back to people. Joe Ann shared that her goals are to reach as many people as possible and to provide them with the best quality of care. She is excited to be able to offer EMDR Treatment as it successfully treated her PTSD, and also having a holistic approach to mental health issues. Joe Ann strongly believes you can get better.
At Victoria Wellness, we were intentional about who we brought onto our multi-disciplinary team. Our staff compliment, led by medical consultant, Dr. Jordan Crane, and Clinical Director, Andrea Gurney-Bowen, each bring a specific skillset and area of educational and personal expertise. We value team work, open communication, and collaboration within our team, and this is in the best interest of our clients. While everyone at Victoria Wellness is professional and trauma informed, each of our team members has a unique and valued way of understanding human behaviour, and suffering. For example, we combine our knowledge of evidence informed cognitive behavioural group work with cutting edge self compassionate Dialectical Behaviour therapy for addiction and relationship challenges. Our expressive arts therapist works closely with our Eco-therapist, both of whom value and understand the impact of trauma on the body. Our clinical team is continually engaged in post graduate learning, and this includes developing expertise in the area of the impact of stress and trauma on the brain. This understanding of the science behind the treatment, and the incorporation of treatment modalities, such as EMDR and EFT, is what contributes to Victoria Wellness being a center of excellence. It truly is our commitment to best practice, lifelong learning, and collaboration as a team that sets us apart.
Martha is a Registered Nurse who has worked in many areas of Nursing, including Pediatrics and Acute care. Since graduating from Durham College in 2003, Martha’s keen interest in mental health, attention to detail, compassionate, and a person-centred approach have been a great asset to her. Martha has been able to share her gifts in her work as an Instructor in the Nursing program at Durham College, and she will be bringing her knowledge and warmth to Victoria Wellness.
Jeff is an experienced clinician with a Master’s in clinical counselling, as well as training in trauma and dialectical behaviour therapy. Working in the mental health field for over 15 years, his career has focused on family systems how they shape and impact lives. Jeff’s strongly compassionate nature and strong empathetic ability allows him to work effectively with clients from multiple backgrounds and traumas.
Erin has recently obtained her Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree with a Minor in Indigenous Studies. Through her experience within a counselling centre, she has adopted the core principles of an anti-oppressive, strength-based and client-centred approach. Erin is a highly active individual, and formerly high-level hockey player who brings a team-oriented and positive attitude to her work.
Don has been working in the field of mental health since 1987, and throughout this time, has focussed on individuals and groups struggling with addiction and emotion management challenges. His area of expertise is skill development, and he uses a trauma informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to his work. Don is a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor, and is trained in Compassion Fatigue, Conflict Management, Critical Incident Stress Management, ASSIST (applied suicide intervention skills training), Crisis Negotiation and Addictions Care. Don brings his expertise in group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution to Victoria Wellness, and his consistent, and thoughtful approach to this work has proven very successful with clients over his three decades of practice.
Andrea Connell has been practicing holistic earth-based therapies for over 30 years. Andrea is a certified Permaculturist, and 25-year Reiki Master. She has studied many natural healing therapies including herbalism, aromatherapy, cranial sacral therapy, polarity therapy, shamanism and meditation. Andrea’s healing approach is firmly rooted in a deep love of the natural world. Andrea believes that all healing paths will strongly benefit from building an intimate relationship with the natural world around us.
Andrea is a highly intuitive and compassionate therapist with a unique ability to bring together a wide bevy of information to co-create healing stories relevant to each individual. In partnership with the Clinical Team at Victoria wellness, Andrea passionately offers a wide variety of options to engage the mind, heart, body and soul toward a well-balanced and stable healing outcome.
Katie has provided holistic, person-centred support care for over 20 years. She has always had a passion for providing trauma-informed supports, and it reflects in her studies which include developmental services, an undergraduate degree in disability studies, and a graduate degree in counselling psychology. Katie loves animals and hopes to pursue animal assisted therapy one day.
Heather is a graduate of Trent University with an honors degree in Psychology and History and is currently completing a dual diploma from Fleming College for Mental Health and Addictions and will be a registered Social Service Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Worker in the upcoming year. Heather has previously been working with individuals who are experiencing homelessness. She is excited to be joining Victoria Wellness as an Inpatient Support Worker. She has a devotion for working in the mental health field and will bring a trauma-informed lens with a holistic approach to well-being. Heather believes in building genuine connections with others and works to meet clients where they are at in their healing journey.
Our Executive Chef Maureen O’Shea is a classically trained Inter-Provincial Red Seal Chef. She has gathered a wealth of experience across the province as Head Chef of various inns and restaurants, dining cruise ships, as a culinary instructor at college level and most recently managing food service departments in the healthcare industry.
Chef Maureen’s kitchen emphasizes healthful locally sourced food, always prepared with consideration to the dietary requirements and preferences of our guests.